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Programme information

Please click here to view the timetable for the B.D.A. International Conference & EXPO 2018.

“Evidence to Practice and Back Again”

So what’s in store for International Conference delegates in April 2018?

As the title suggests this conference will seek to explore and interpret how research impacts within a practical setting and can therefore assist those providing support to individuals who are dyslexic with effective tools to improve and develop the support they provide backed up by a solid evidence base.

The BDA are delighted to announce that we have secured some stellar, and international, keynote speakers who are leaders in their field. This is a unique opportunity for conference delegates to have access to such a line up. Definitely a “Not to be Missed” event.

Taking the lead will be our conference Chairperson Professor Susan Gathercole OBE, she will be joined by a host of keynote speakers, some of which we explore in more detail here.

Professor Gathercole: The Unit Director at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. She is a research psychologist, best known for her studies into working memory deficits in children. Gathercole's findings have demonstrated the link between working memory deficits in children and poor academic outcomes. She has contributed to recent research showing that working memory deficits can be overcome with computerised, adaptive working memory training.

Professor Victor Van Daal: Throughout his extensive career Victor has developed a number of areas of expertise, including: typical and atypical development of reading and arithmetic, second language learning, multimedia and literacy learning, international comparative studies on reading comprehension and mathematics and methodology and statistics for social sciences.

Professor Linnea Ehri: A Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Professor Ehri conducts research on literacy acquisition. With a particular interest in how children learn to read and spell and what causes some children difficulty in becoming good readers and spellers.

Dr Marketa Caravolas: Reader of Psychology at Bangor University and Director of the eminent Miles Dyslexia Centre.  She is a well-respected researcher, with wide-ranging papers published.  She has presented her work at numerous international conferences.  Her work focuses on literacy, with wide and varied research areas. Her research interests and papers  include Literacy, Developmental, Psycholinguistics, Spelling, Cross-linguistic, Dyslexia. literacy. Phonological development in the context of alphabetic literacy. Cross-linguistic investigations of language-general and language-specific factors in reading and spelling development in typical and dyslexic populations.

Professor Simon Fisher: Has worked on identifying genetic factors that contribute to developmental disorders such as dyslexia and speech and language impairments. During this time he and his colleagues discovered FOXP2, the first case of a gene mutated in speech and language impairment. In 2010 he was appointed director of a new department specifically devoted to "Language and Genetics" at the Max Planck Institute in Nijmegen.

Professor John Gabrieli: A central theme of Gabrieli's research is memory in its different forms: the short-term recall that allows us to dial a phone number, our long-term memory of events and places, and the emotional associations that often color our factual memories. Gabrieli studies how memory emerges during childhood. As brain imaging technology improves, he seeks to answer questions about normal human development as well as developmental disorders such as dyslexia or autism. Gabrieli also leads an ambitious new project to study the origins of dyslexia.

Professor Daniel Ansari: Professor Ansari has undertaken extensive research using brain imaging techniques to identify how children's brains process numbers, and how that brain activation changes with age. By doing that, he discovered how children's brains process numerical information differently than adults' brains, thus highlighting the importance of development. This discovery also explored the question of how these developmental processes go awry in children who have difficulties with maths.

Professor Manuel Casanova: Dr. Manual Casanova’s cutting edge research on cortical connectivity and mini-columns has dramatically helped pave the understanding of the neurobiological differences and strengths of the dyslexic brain. Casanova’s research indicates that the dyslexic brain is one which is wired and connected for big picture, interdisciplinary thinking.

Professor Amanda Kirby: Professor Kirby has a chair in developmental disorders in education at the University of Wales, Newport. She founded and has run the Dyscovery Centre since 1997, an interdisciplinary centre providing assessment and intervention for children and adults with a range of developmental disorders including Dyspraxia (also known as DCD), ADHD, Dyslexia, Specific Language Impairment, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Behavioural issues. Her background as a GP and also working in community paediatrics and psychiatry has provided a good understanding of developmental disorders in both child and adulthood. Her work with Do-IT Profiler started over 10 years ago, stimulated by the increase evidence of the presence of overlap across learning difficulties and that most individuals would not be ‘neatly’ in one box or another.. The tools have now been used in over 50,000 users, including those who are unemployed with a range of learning disabilities and difficulties and in educational, employment and offending settings in the UK, Ireland and South Africa.

In addition to the keynote speakers there will be dedicated conference streams, with top draw speakers, covering dyslexia and associated neuro-diversity in the context of employment as well as the cross section of education.

Included within the conference programme will be the opportunity for delegates to enjoy Master Classes, demonstrations and engage with a whole range of topics covering a cross section of support practices and sectors. Parents/carers will also have a dedicated event taking place on Saturday where a variety of notable speakers, including Dr Lindsay Peer CBE, will be offering information on a range of topics.

Within the exhibition hall exhibitors will showcase resources and services to support individuals who are dyslexic and those working in the field.

For the latest information about the conference and regular weekly updates on the exciting developments check out the website, the BDA blog, nd follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

To book a place - and take advantage of the early bird rates - please click here!







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